It’s June 21, the first day of summer! Summer makes all of us want to get out there and get in shape. Some of us want to work off those extra winter pounds before hitting the beach, some of us want to change up our sports activities to fit the season, while some of us are just looking to start a healthier, happier lifestyle. Whatever your motivation for getting out there, exercise is a beautiful thing. It gets you happy and healthy, gives you energy and leaves you looking and feeling great. But during the crazy summertime heat remember, everything in moderation.
Summertime is great for working out, but can also be one of the most dangerous times for strenuous exercise. No matter what your level of activity, follow some basic guidelines to keep yourself safe in the heat. Always drink plenty of fluids. When you’re working out, you may not feel thirsty but it’s important to stay hydrated. Try to work out during the morning or evening when the summer heat is less harsh. Always stretch before and after a workout. And most importantly, if you feel like your body is being overworked, take a break and cool down. Dizziness, nausea and any extreme discomfort is not a sign to push harder. Check out the Mayo Clinic’s first aid guide for heatstroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps. Be aware of your body and know when to give it time to recuperate. Summer should be a time for fun, healthy reenergizing in the sun.
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